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High Fidelity: rock musical auditions

By 4 September 2014

Phoenix Players have announced auditions for their next show, the rock musical High Fidelity.
Based on the novel by Nick Hornby and the Touchstone Pictures Film, featuring original music by the composer of Next to Normal.
Rob, a slacker thirty-something record store owner, has just been dumped by his girlfriend Laura. In an attempt to figure out [...]

Studio Underground – Canberra Youth Theatre (Review)

By 1 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Appropriately enough for a night of secret theatre when I got my ticket I was also given a password that would grant me entrance to the performance: “poke, email, tweet.”  So of course when I showed up and the clipboard-touting woman guarding the entrance asked me for my password, I replied: “Dangermouse.”
While Dangermouse is an [...]

The Wharf Revue is back and OPEN FOR BUSINESS

By 27 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 30 September 2014 at 8:00 pm; 1 October 2014 at 8:00 pm; 2 October 2014 at 8:00 pm; 3 October 2014 at 8:00 pm; 4 October 2014 at 2:00 pm; 4 October 2014 at 8:00 pm; ]

Everyone’s favourite lampoonists return for another annual instalment of The Wharf Revue packed full of their trademark irreverent, anarchic political satire. Amanda Bishop and newcomer Douglas Hansell join revue veterans Jonathan Biggins and Phillip Scott for more razor-sharp satire in Open for Business at Canberra Theatre Centre from 30 October to 4 September.

Fresh [...]

The Dream – Bell Shakespeare (win a double pass!)

By 25 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays and a frequent presence on the stage.  Only last year local group Centrepiece Theatre ran a well-received production at The Q.  Now Bell Shakespeare is about the venture out into the thick forest of Midsummer Night’s Dream interpretations with their own take on the [...]

What’s on this weekend? 23rd and 24th August 2014

By 22 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As we approach our penultimate Winter weekend, there is plenty going on in the Capital.
Suggestions from some of our team:
Amy Birchall is indulging her not-so-inner nerd to see astronaut Chris Hadfield speak at Llewellyn Hall for National Science week on Sunday 24th of August
Josh Mulrine is taking his daughter along to the Geoscience [...]

The Importance of Being Earnest – Canberra Theatre Centre (Review)

By 22 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Importance of Being Earnest can feel like fairy floss: sweet, yes, but when you start to pull it apart it becomes insubstantial. The play is an outright farce and this production by the State Theatre Company of South Australia emphasises the intrinsic silliness of the story. But if this is a farce, it is [...]

Studio Underground – A season of secret theatre at the Canberra Youth Theatre

By 21 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 28 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; 29 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; 30 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; ]

Come and join us in the Underground…

The Canberra Youth Theatre Teen and Senior Ensembles have been bringing their considerable talents to bear for STUDIO UNDERGROUND – a secret theatre experience where you only find out what you are seeing when you arrive at the theatre! How many times do we dismiss an interesting looking show [...]

Little Red at Belconnen Community Centre

By 21 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 12 September 2014 at 7:00 pm; 13 September 2014 at 2:00 pm; 13 September 2014 at 7:00 pm; 14 September 2014 at 1:00 pm; ]

A new locally produced show is coming to the Belconnen Community Centre in September. Little Red is a cautionary tale based on the familiar ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. A funny and dark tale involving a lying wolf, a deceived girl and an unexpected path.

The show incorporates circus skills such as acrobatics, aerial skills [...]

Flying Bach coming to Canberra – your chance to win a double pass

By 13 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 13 September 2014 at 8:00 pm; ]

Red Bull Flying Bach is coming to Canberra in September following sell out shows in Sydney and Melbourne in 2013.

Removing boundaries between classical and urban art, Flying Bach fuse the music of 18th Century composer Johann Sabastian Bach with explosive moves thanks to world champion breakdance crew, Flying Steps who formed in 1993.

Red Bull Flying [...]

Arcadia – Canberra Repertory (Review)

By 7 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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“Even in Arcadia, there is death.”  But that’s fine, there’s plenty of sex to balance things out.  Stoppard’s sex comedy/romantic ode to science still delights in a decent but flawed production by Canberra Repertory and veteran director Aarne Neeme.
This is a play of two halves.  In the early 1800s live-in tutor Septimus (Matthew Barton) tries [...]

Warehouse Circus Inc. premieres Refract in Canberra tonight

By 7 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 7 August 2014 at 7:00 pm; 8 August 2014 at 7:00 pm; 9 August 2014 at 2:30 pm; 9 August 2014 at 7:00 pm; ]

Warehouse Circus Inc. are bringing their high flying cast of young artists to shatter your idea of extraordinary with their new show Refract.

An ignorant sailor attracts the attention of a cheeky siren who is determined to rock the boat. Travel with the pair down the river and see what lies just beyond each bend.

Refract [...]

The Burning – Everyman Theatre (Review)

By 4 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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“The Crucible meets A Few Good Men”. Duncan Ley’s witch-trial play “The Burning” has clear influences but delivers thrilling and engrossing drama.
Francis Schiller (Jack Parker) returns home from uni only to find something rotten in the town of Bamberg.  The historical witch trials are reaching a feverish climax and a cloud of paranoia and suspicion [...]

Bartleby – The Street Theatre (Review)

By 31 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Bartleby, Julian Hobba’s modern-day adaptation of the parable by Herman Melville, recreates the malaise of the office and shows us the disintegration of a man no longer able to cope with working life.  If to work is to live, perhaps he’d just prefer not…
Hobba does an excellent job of adapting the story to a modern [...]

The Rokitelly Man – Dramatic Productions (Preview)

By 24 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s been a big year for locally developed musicals here in Canberra with new big budget productions Heart of a Dog and Winging my Way to the Top already done and dusted.  But the year’s not over yet and plucky underdog The Rokitelly Man opens this week.  An original musical with script by Michael Hemming [...]

Education Systems Limited

By 18 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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In John Dewey’s book Democracy and Education he writes, ‘it is illiberal and immoral to train children to work not freely and intelligently but for the sake of the work earned’. I agree with him, and think so too would most Canberrans. To see a teacher teaching well, full of compassion and creativity, is surely [...]

The Fairytale Channel – Smith’s Alternative (Review)

By 18 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Local writer/director Kirsty Budding pulls us into our televisions (or at least our DVDs of Disney movies) for The Fairytale Channel, a children’s show in the style of Shrek and Fractured Fairy Tales that skewers fairy-tale logic and encourages us to be what we really want to be.  Even if it’s something boring like an [...]

Julian Hobba, “Bartleby” (Interview)

By 16 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Julian Hobba is best known for “Delicacy”, his play about a real-life case of mutually-agreed cannibalism. Now his imagination has been fired by Herman Melville’s short story “Bartleby”, a before-its-time fable of workplace alienation. With the show opening at The Street Theatre two weeks from now Julian was kind enough to share some of his [...]

Cabaret – Canberra Philharmonic (Review)

By 14 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Boy meets girl.  Boy gets girl.  Nazis.  Boy loses girl.  Canberra Philharmonic’s production of Cabaret delivers fantastic singing and ensemble numbers but struggles (slightly) with the relationships that drive the story.
In the early 1930s American would-be writer Clifford Bradshaw (Mat Chardon O’Dea) travels to Berlin to find inspiration.  Rather than actually trying to write something [...]

What’s on this weekend? 12th and 13th July 2014

By 11 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As we face a cold weekend of sub -zero nights, what’s on in the Capital to keep you warm?
This week, we asked our entertainment editors their hot tips for the weekend (they’re a picky bunch so hopefully they will provide some good leads).
Theatre Reviewer John Lombard is attending Cabaret on Saturday night – a performance [...]

Legally Blonde – Free Rain Theatre (Review)

By 7 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Anne Somes and Chris Neal (with Derek Walker as director) deliver a fresh, fun show with Legally Blonde.  Elle Woods is a dumped by her boyfriend and that begins her epic campaign to win him back by following him to Harvard Law School.  Hey, we’ve all done stupider things for love.
Mikayla Williams is nothing short [...]

Win a double pass to see Dave Hughes

By 1 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Are you a fan of Dave Hughes?
Fancy a free double pass to see him on Friday night?
Just tell us about your favourite Hughesy moment. Whether it be a joke, a situation, a moment on TV, or a comeback to a heckler – share it in the comments, give us all a good laugh and you’ll [...]

“Mr McGee and the Biting Flea” – Patch Theatre (Review)

By 30 June 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Patch Theatre’s production of Mr McGee enraptured a theatre packed to the rafters with eight-year-olds and brought at least one grown-up (your reviewer) back to childhood.  Although from the grins I saw after the show I suspect the parents and guardians in the audience enjoyed the show just as much as I did.
“Mr McGee and [...]

Fairytales by the campfire in ‘The Magic Hour’

By 25 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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If you’re after a night of fairytales with a twist, The Magic Hour is for you. Ursula Yovich (Australia, Jindabyne, The Secret River, Redfern, The Gods of Wheat Street) plays a whole cast of characters, updated and dropped into bleak Australian life in this performance described as Little Red Riding Hood meets Trainspotting.
Prepare for [...]

“The Home Front” – The Street Theatre (Review)

By 23 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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For a while, he seemed to be getting better.  He went through a lot in the war, he needed time to heal…  She knew it would be hard.  But now there are too many bruises – so many that she can’t hide them or laugh them off as clumsy accidents.  Her mother-in-law is brutally cold: [...]

“Henry V” – Bell Shakespeare (Review)

By 16 June 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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“In little room confining mighty men” – Bell Shakespeare’s new production of Henry V (helmed by Damien Ryan as director) presents us with a classroom of energetic students performing the play to each other and challenges us to engage our imaginations to make the play come to life.  As the Chorus (presented here as the [...]

The Laughing Samoans hit The Street

By 10 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 13 June 2014 at 8:00 pm; ]

Fresh Off Da Blane is the latest from the Laughing Samoans comedy duo Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepuleai. If you enjoyed the Flight of the Concords, this New Zealand duo are sure to push your buttons.

Favourite characters such as Aunty Tala and Uncle Sam will appear once again in this show for the whole [...]

“Party” by Tom Basden

By 4 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Some people get into politics because they want to change the world.  And some people are just in it for the cake.  Seriously, where’s the cake?  What kind of party is this without any cake?
Tom Basden’s “Party” (directed by Daniel McCusker) delighted an audience at Smith’s last night with a genuinely funny script performed with [...]

Warren Miller’s Ski & Snowboard Film – One night only!

By 29 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 30 May 2014 at 7:30 pm; ]

This Friday, celebrate winter with Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride. The newest chapter in the legendary film series, Ticket to Ride will take you on an action packed journey with the world’s best skiers and snowboarders. Witness athletes at their career best, and discover the paths that put them at the top of the steepest [...]

The Factory coming to Canberra

By 24 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 24 June 2014 to 25 June 2014. ]

The contagious spirit of Polynesia is taking over Canberra this winter and nowhere is it more joyful than Canberra Theatre Centre where New Zealand’s First Pacific Musical, The Factory, is travelling across the ditch to warm the hearts of locals.

With some of New Zealand’s very best established and emerging musical theatre talent, this fresh [...]

An unusual theatre experience with White Rabbit, Red Rabbit

By 22 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 28 May 2014 to 1 June 2014. ]
The Street Theatre will be featuring the out of the ordinary production ‘White Rabbit, Red Rabbit’ between the 28th of May and 1st of June.

‘An unnerving comedy of human freedom that defies national boundaries, censorship… and description.

Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour’s audacious theatrical experiment will come as a shock — not least to the performer [...]

Mr McGee and the Biting Flea comes to Canberra this June

By 21 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 27 June 2014 to 28 June 2014. ]

Patch Theatre Company, South Australia’s longest running theatre company for children, weaves together six of Pamela Allen’s beloved stories in Mr McGee and the Biting Flea, performed from 27-28 June at Canberra Theatre Centre as part of a national tour.

This wonderful production, perfect for 4-8 year olds and families, has been enchanting children around Australia [...]

Canberra Repertory ‘Showtune’

By 21 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 20 June 2014 to 5 July 2014. ]

The second production for REP’s 2014-15 season is Showtune, celebrating the words and music of Jerry Herman. Opening on 20 June, the production continues until 5 July 2014 at Theatre 3, 3 Repertory Lane Acton. Directed by Jordan Kelly and with Musical Direction by Leisa Keen, no lyric is left unsung in this outstanding retrospective [...]

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